Who was Jack Newton ? and what was the cause of his death?
Professional golfer Jack Newton passed away at the age of 72. According to his family, he developed Alzheimer’s disease as a result of “health issues.” “(He) was a fearless competitor and iconic Australian, blazing a formidable trail during his professional golfing career,” his family added. “He fought back from tremendous adversity as only he could.”
He won the Buick Open on the PGA Tour in 1978, and then went on to win the Australian Open in 1979.
On July 24, 1983, he walked into the propeller of a tiny plane he was preparing to board at Sydney airport, resulting in a life-threatening accident.
He lost his right eye and right arm in the terrible accident. His abdomen had been severely injured. The doctors were sceptical about their chances of surviving. He barely had a fifty percent chance of surviving. He was then moved to intensive care, where he remained for nearly two months.
“Things weren’t looking too good for me. I knew that from the priest walking around my (hospital) bed,”
Watson’s playoff loss in the 1975 British Open at Carnoustie occurred after a few fortunate shots. Watson won the Claret Jug by a stroke over Newton after a wire fence kept his ball in bounds on the eighth hole. Watson chipped in for eagle on the 14th for eagle.
“I always felt that if I came into a major with some good form, then I could be dangerous,” Newton had said. “That’s the way I played golf. Once I got my tail up I wasn’t afraid of anybody.”
“His passion for sport and contributing to future generations of golfers and the Australian community demonstrates the character of our father, beloved husband, proud brother, adoring grandfather, and maverick mate,” his family said in the statement.
“(He) was a fearless competitor and iconic Australian, blazing a formidable trail during his professional golfing career between 1971 and 1983,” his family stated on Friday.
“He fought back from tremendous adversity as only he could.
“(He) chose to selflessly invest his time, energy, and effort towards giving back to the community through his Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation, sports commentary, golf course design, and raising significant funds for several charities, most notably, diabetes.
“His passion for sport and contributing to future generations of golfers and the Australian community demonstrates the character of our father, beloved husband, proud brother, adoring grandfather, and maverick mate.
In true Jack Newton style, we will celebrate his incredible life, however, for now, our family asks for privacy and we appreciate everyone’s love, support, and friendship throughout his life.”
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